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Be inspired at the Festival of Doctoral Research

Following the success of the 2018 event, the Festival of Doctoral Research returns to Sussex this June. Taking place over three days (Tuesday 18 to Thursday 20 June), the Festival brings together the doctoral community to showcase and celebrate doctoral research at Sussex. There are a range of events to come along to, with opportunities to learn, share and socialise with other doctoral researchers from across campus.

Festival Programme

Tuesday 18 June

10.00 – 12.00 (Gardner Tower, ACCA): Changing University Cultures

Prof Alison Phipps and Dr Liz McDonnell open the festival with an interactive workshop designed to encourage participants to reflect on Sussex’s culture, especially as it is experienced by postgraduate students and precariously employed academics. You will engage in personal reflection, talk and listen empathically to others, and consider the systems which oppress us and the ones in which we are complicit.

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14.00 – 16.00 (Gardner Tower, ACCA): Imposter syndrome: what is it and what can we do about it?

Where does imposter syndrome come from? Is it within us, the culture we exist in, or both?

This session, led by Dr Charlotte Morris, Dr Jill Kirby and Dr Laila Kadiwal will consider the nature of the imposter syndrome in academia, the mechanisms that enable and perpetuate its existence, and the ways in which we can resist it.

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10.00 – 16.00 (Jane Attenborough Studio, ACCA): Research Image and Research Poster Exhibition

Pop in at any time during the day to view the entries to our Research Image and Research Poster Competitions and vote for your favourite.

Wednesday 19 June

10.00 – 12.00 (Open Learning Space, The Library): Living Library

Check out a living ‘book’ - a doctoral researcher! They’ll tell you their story, and you can ask any questions you might have. Staff from Library Research Support and Researcher Development will also be on hand to answer your questions.

Books include:

  • Creativity in Research Writing - Madhushala Senaratne (School of Media, Film and Music)
  • When Research Gets Personal - Rachel Fricker (School of Psychology)
  • Taking and Making Opportunities - Heidi Cobham (School of History, Art History and Philosophy)
  • Art at the furthest edge of Europe after the bloodiest, most sudden revolution - Bob Jarvis (School of History, Art History and Philosophy)
  • Share your passion: Teach - Meirin Oan Evans (School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences)
  • Working 9-5: what a way to write a thesis - Bethany Logan (School of History, Art History and Philosophy)
  • Dealing with Writers Block - Abigail Rieley (School of History, Art History and Philosophy)
  • Podcasting and science communication - Gigi Hennessy (School of Life Sciences)

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12.00 – 14.00 (Jane Attenborough Studio, ACCA): Research Image and Research Poster Exhibition Event

A special exhibition of the shortlisted entries to our Research Image and Research Poster Competition. Come along and vote for your favourite! Lunch will be provided.

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14.00 – 15.00 (Gardner Tower, ACCA): Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT)

Watch as brave doctoral researchers attempt to explain their 80,000 word thesis in under three minutes… before a live audience!

This year, you'll get to hear from researchers in the following Schools who are taking on the 3MT challenge:

  • School of Education and Social Work
  • School of Life Sciences  
  • School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • School of History, Art History and Philosophy
  • School of English

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15.30 – 16.00 (Gardner Tower, ACCA): Festival Prize-Giving

Prof. Gordon Harold (Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research Excellence Framework) will announce the winners of the 3MT, Research Image & Research Poster Competitions and the Adam Weiler Doctoral Impact Award.

Thursday 20 June

11.00 – 12.15 (Quiet Room, The Meeting House): Methodology Speed Networking

Speed networking with a difference! Introduce yourself with a short description of your research project and your partner guesses the methodology. The idea is to leave our methodological comfort zone, question how things are being done and inspire each other. Hosted by the Research Hive Scholars.

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12.30 – 14.00 (Careers & Employability Centre, The Library): Succeeding at interviews for PhD researchers

A workshop covering how to succeed at interviews for roles inside and outside of academia after your PhD. This session will look at different styles and approaches to help you market your skills effectively.

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15.00 – 17.00 (Falmer Bar): End of Festival BBQ

Mark the end of the festival with a free BBQ and drink with other researchers from across campus.

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If you have any questions or queries about the Festival, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at researcher-development@sussex.ac.uk


By: Laura Chapman
Last updated: Tuesday, 11 June 2019

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